2013 marks 200 years since the first crossing of the Blue Mountains by Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth. Coming up this month, there will be lots of great activities and events to mark this historic occasion.
Blue Mountains Bicentennial Fly Over – 25th May 2013.
One of the most spectacular planned events will be the Bicentennial Fly-Over. Up to 200 aircraft are expected to take part in a flyover on May 25th including RAAF Roulettes. This event will be the first ever flyover for the Blue Mountains and the largest ever civilian flyover in Australia. Spectators will be able to enjoy this event from a number of great viewing locations. We recommend the following places for a great view:
1. Melrose Hall Park – Emu Plains
2. Glenbrook Park – Glenbrook
3. Faulconbridge Public School – Faulconbridge
4. Lawson Public School – Lawson
5. Blue Mountains Grammar School – Wentworth Falls
6. The Carrington Hotel Chimney – Katoomba
7. Melrose Park – North Katoomba
8. The Gardens – Blackheath
9. Mount Victoria Memorial Park – Mount Victoria
10. Hartley Historic School – Hartley
11. O’Connell Avenue Cafe & Store – O’Connell
The flyover will commence at approximately 10.30am over Penrith, and head west.
We’re excited to be taking part in the flyover with Amy’s father Andrew joining in the festivities in his beloved R44 helicopter “Harold”. We’ll be sure to include some pictures of the day here on our blog.
Blue Mountains Crossing Re-Enactment (11 – 31 May 2013)
As close as practicable to the original route, in the same time frame, and with similar equipment as the original crossing, the Blue Mountains Bicentenary Re-enactment crossing of the Blue Mountains in May 2013 will be a 21 day event to retrace the steps of Blaxland, Lawson & Wentworth. The party consists of 7 people, three representing Blaxland, Lawson & Wentworth, three representing convicts and one kangaroo hunter. They will be accompanied by four horses and five dogs.
Click to find out more information on the Blue Mountains Bicentennial Celebrations